Oil & Gas Innovation OGI Winter 2018 Digital Version - Page 38

HEALTH & SAFETY The Importance of Health and Safety Regulations When Outfitting Your Assets The Dutch Outfitting Group (DOG) is a leading outfitting company which provides outfitting materials for offshore, industry, marine, wind energy, naval and infra. Based in the key European shipping hub, Holland, the company provides integrated tailor-made solutions together with their partners. A major player in the outfitting of accommodations and structures in the offshore, marine, naval and energy sector, DOG is set apart from their competition. The key to DOG’s success is communication. There are far too many instances with other brands where the final product is less than satisfactory because of the lack of communication between the client and their supplier. Because of DOG’s size and the fact they work according to “scrum methodology”, they are a lean and agile supplier. This means DOG teams up with their clients for continuous cooperation throughout the whole process. The needs and wishes of the client is the basis of the project while keeping in mind that flexibility and change can and will occur from start to finish. They thrive on that consultative approach to project management and execution, which always happens within the set time frame or before. O ne of the main health and safety issues facing offshore companies (be it in shipping and/or offshore oil and gas) is fire safety and prevention. A primary example of how quickly a situation can become dangerous is the Deepwater Horizon incident years ago, but just a few weeks ago a fire broke out on an offshore pipe ship in the Netherlands. These difficult situations require quick thinking and good training of staff, but what is also very important is the type of equipment that is on board. The regulatory environment offshore is improving, and many new standards are being implemented around the world. One area of focus which is garnering a lot of attention when studies are done after incident is the reliability of doors used in the marine, shipping and oil and gas environments. One of the main standards that deals with fire safety doors is the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) which current version of the treaty has been operating since 1974. SOLAS in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. We bring this up because it’s important for a shipping company or an oil platform operator to use the highest quality standards when outfitting their ship or platforms. SOLAS provides that security because of their stringent certification and subsequently their audit scheme. Internal and External Fire Rated Doors When outfitting your structure, it’s important to make sure you are working with a company that is backed up by international standards that are put in place specifically to keep your staff and assets as safe as possible. The Dutch Outfitting Group provides a wide array of heavy-duty, SOLAS-accredited doors, which are meticulously designed to meet the strictest European standards in terms of